Fathom Favorites : San Francisco

1. 826 Valencia

826 Valencia

Writer Dave Eggers’ literacy non-profit for under-resourced children has a pirate supply store out front that sells apothecary items, books, garb, and other seafaring-themed souvenirs your kids will go crazy over.

826 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
+1-415-642-5905

2. True Sake

True Sake

SF’s premiere sake shop stocks harder to find varieties like nama (unpasteurized) and koshu (aged) sakes. Ask the staff for recommendations — from sake starter kits and sakes for wine lovers to sake in a can —  and come out with a fun bottle to bring to dinner at a friend’s house.

560 Hayes St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
+1-415-355-9555

3. Cotton Sheep

Cotton Sheep

Light and airy boutique selling Japanese men’s and women’s apparel from brands you normally need a passport to find. Children’s clothing and feel-good accessories make it a spot for the whole family.

572 Hayes St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
+1-415-621-5546

4. Noon All Day

Noon All Day

A breezy all day Dogpatch cafe from the folks behind Piccino that serves up your ideal version of grab-and-go-lunch — not-your-average breakfast pastries, farm-fresh bowls and sandwiches, coffee, beer, and wine, and a particularly refreshing buffalo milk soft serve.

690 Indiana St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
+1-415-619-3240

5. Rintaro

Rintaro

The place to go for insane yakitori, fresh sashimi, house-made udon, loads of sake, and other mouthwatering izakaya-style bites. A bamboo fence separates a hip crowd from an otherwise unassuming street in the Mission.

82 14th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
+1-415-589-7022

6. The Progress

The Progress

The spacious, sophisticated second act from the culinary rockstars behind Statebird Provisions next door is perfect for a special meal. Seasonal small plates, festive shared platters, a great wine list, and notable martini round out the Michelin-stared offerings.

1525 Fillmore St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
+1-415-673-1294

7. Boulettes Larder

Boulettes Larder

An absolute gem in the Ferry Building. Chef Amaryll Schwertner works with purveyors near and far (some as close as the farmers market out front) to put together vibrant, ingredient-forward dishes that command a following. Cozy up with regulars (or the occasional A-lister) for brunch at the larder or dinner at Boulibar next door.

1 Ferry Building #48
San Francisco, CA 94111
+1-415-399-1155

8. True Laurel

True Laurel

A hip new addition to the Mission cocktail scene from the folks behind the ticketed dinner party-inspired restaurant, Lazy Bear. Interiors are inspired by mid-century artists like Isamu Noguchi. Cocktails and bar snacks go way beyond the ordinary offerings. (A smaller bar within the bar serves a separate cocktail tasting menu.) The vibe, even a weeknight, is lively.

753 Alabama St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
+1-415-341-0020

9. Onsen

Onsen

A mini-detox in the middle of the Tenderloin. Petite communal bathhouse in the back. Japanese bar and restaurant in the front. Come for one or both. Throw in a massage and call it a Sunday night.

466 Eddy St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
+1-415-441-4987

10. Hotel Kabuki

Hotel Kabuki

A funky and newly refreshed Japantown boutique within walking distance of restaurants you’ll want to eat at. A lobby bar adorned with vintage knick knacks, rooms flooded with natural light, a Japanese manicured garden, and a sister spa with communal baths make for a nice “welcome home” after a long day on your feet.

1625 Post St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
+1-415-922-3200

11. Petit Crenn

Petit Crenn

Multi-Michelin starred chef Dominique Crenn serves beautifully crafted dishes that make the city crazy at this Hayes Valley spot. If you can't stomach the tasting menu at her ultimate showcase, Atelier Crenn, Petit Crenn is the lower priced, yet still exquisite, option. 

609 Hayes St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
+1-415-864-1744

12. Heath Ceramics

Heath Ceramics

In addition to being the workshop where the widely popular ceramic plates, tableware, and tiles are made, this large, airy, design-minded emporium carries a selection of goods sourced from makers and artisans around the world. Attached is the Heath Newsstand, which carries indie magazines as well as traditional newspapers. 

2900 18th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
+1-415-361-5552

13. Leo's Oyster Bar

Leo's Oyster Bar

Start the night at this exquisite jewel of a clubby bar/restaurant. The onyx bar lights up, casting a god-you’re-gorgeous glow on everyone there. In addition to oysters, the house specialty, the tater tots are absolute crack. There’s a smaller semi-private bar room in the back, and a tiki bar patio off that. 

568 Sacramento St.
San Francisco, CA 94111
+1-415-872-9982

14. Piccino

Piccino

A beloved neighborhood gem that’s been around since before the Dogpatch got cool. Italian dishes change with the seasons, while an adjoining coffee bar and overall warm atmosphere keep folks coming back on the regular.

3432, 1001 Minnesota St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
+1-415-824-4224

15. Mourad

Mourad

An elegant and impressive Moroccan restaurant in Midtown (tk). The specialties are large-format shared plates and a four-thousand bottle collection of wine. This is the place to impress clients. 

140 New Montgomery St. #1
San Francisco, CA 94105
+1-415-660-2500

16. Rich Table

Rich Table

199 Gough St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
+1-415-355-9085

17. Pier 24

Pier 24

A massive photography exhibition space along the water. Shows are brilliantly curated and sweeping, and the space is just dazzling. 

24 Pier
San Francisco, CA 94105
+1-415-512-7424

18. Cala

Cala

Chef Gabriela Cámara, of Fathom Favorite Contramar in Mexico City, has brought her toque north. She’s still serving her addictive tostadas, here made with trout instead of tuna, as befits her focus on sustainable seafood. The Hayes Valley eatery is airy and beautiful, with hanging vines, a great bar scene, and a terrific staff. 

149 Fell St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
+1-415-660-7701

19. Boot and Shoe Service

Boot and Shoe Service

By the culinary geniuses behind the beloved Pizzaiolo, you can expect much of the same here by way of excellent pizza and Italian dishes. But the strong cocktails and communal tables makes for a fun night out. Come back the next day to nurse a hangover with Sightglass coffee at the cafe.

3308 Grand Ave.
Oakland, CA 94610
+1-510-763-2668

20. Blue Bottle Coffee

Blue Bottle Coffee

The small-batch roaster of legend with smooth brews and deep espresso. What the Hayes Valley kiosk lacks in counter space it makes up for with neighborhood charm. For a proper sit-down and maybe a bit of breakfast, stop by the Mint Plaza location.

315 Linden St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
+1-510-653-3394

21. The Tipsy Pig

The Tipsy Pig

The garden of this gastrotavern provides the perfect backdrop for frosty pints of artisanal brews and pretzel braids served with whole-grain mustard and smoked cheddar dip. If macaroni and cheese suddenly appears, no one is to blame.

2231 Chestnut St.
San Francisco, CA 94123
+1-415-292-2300

22. Hard Water

Hard Water

The bright, horseshoe-shaped bar has the deepest whiskey cabinet in town (some 400 American varieties!). Pair your tumbler with soulful Creole fare and sunset views of the Bay and you've got a good night ahead of you.

Pier 3
San Francisco, CA 94111
+1-415-392-3021

23. Bourbon & Branch

Bourbon & Branch

There's the main bar, and then there are five more not-so-hidden bars inside, including the standing-room only library bar, a fictional Wilson & Wilson Detective Agency, JJ Russell's Cigar Shop, and a secret trapdoor that leads to the original speakeasy but is only available for large events. It's not all smoke and mirrors though — the drinks are strong, the classic cocktails are solid, and the craft ones are fun. There's a refreshing no-cellphones house rule too.

501 Jones St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
+1-415-346-1735

24. Coqueta

Coqueta

Come at sunset for delicious tapas, Moscow mules, and a stunning view of the Bay Bridge, all courtesy of celebrity chef Michael Chiarello. 

Pier 5
San Francisco, CA 94105
+1-415-704-8866


25. Blackbird Bar

Blackbird Bar

Drinks are a steal, and intriguing ingredients like acid phosphate and "Trix syrup" keep your eyes on the curious cocktail menu.

2124 Market St.
San Francisco, CA 94114
+1-415-503-0630

26. Tradition

Tradition

This revival cocktail bar in the Tenderloin features a menu that pays homage to every era of alcohol and reservation-only snugs (high-backed booths that were introduced so society ladies could imbibe in privacy without being seen).

441 Jones St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
+1-415-474-2284

27. Rickhouse

Rickhouse

If there was ever a reason to be spirited away to a FiDi (a cutesy moniker that makes the financial district automatically more fun), it would be sharing a seemingly bottomless punch bowl at a handsome watering hole.

246 Kearny St.
San Francisco, CA 94108
+1-415-398-2827

28. Smuggler's Cove

Smuggler's Cove

Accessorize with an eyepatch here and no one will think anything of it. High seas overload is only emphasized by bartenders pouring long drinks and mixing swizzles fit for a Caribbean island, prohibition-era Havana, and the tiki god next door.

650 Gough St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
+1-415-869-1900


29. SFMOMA

SFMOMA

Housing over 33,000 works of art, including painting, sculpture, photography, media, and design, this museum is one of the largest contemporary art spaces in the world. Since re-opening in 2016 following a massive expansion overhaul, it's where you'll find works by Pollock, Klee, Warhol, Lichtenstein, and de Kooning, among many, many others. 

151 3rd St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
+1-415-357-4000

30. Ferry Building Marketplace

Ferry Building Marketplace

So this is where foodies are born. Go door-to-door and course-to-course with Cowgirl Creamery, The Slanted Door, Gott's Roadside, Miette Patisserie, and a grocery list's worth of other fine makers and purveyors. On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, cruise the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. 


1 Ferry Bldg.
San Francisco, 94111
+1-415-983-8030

31. Streets of San Francisco Bike Tours

Streets of San Francisco Bike Tours

City cyclists have the right idea — bikes are faster than cable cars and easier to park than smart cars. So do a tour on two wheels. In 3 – 6 hours you'll cover more must-see Victorian architecture, hippie hideouts, foodie meccas, and historic sites than you thought possible.

370 Linden St.
San Francisco, 94102
+1-415-448-7673


32. The Milk Maid

The Milk Maid

With enough planning anything is possible, including private, hands-on cheesemaking classes with Louella Hill. With delicious-sounding alliterative courses like Butter Burrata and Bloomy Brie on the syllabus, Public classes are held often but fill up fast.

2124 Folsom St.
San Francisco, 94112
+1-401-301-7690

33. Golden Gate Park

Golden Gate Park

Over 1,000 acres of lush green filled with playgrounds, museums, nature trails, and hippie heritage. Get a dose of culture (or just a peek at the observation deck) at the de Young Museum, a floral fix at the Arboretum, or a cup of matcha and a moment of zen inside the Japanese Tea Garden.

501 Stanyan St.
San Francisco, 94117
+1-415-831-2700


34. Hawker Fare

Hawker Fare

Pull up a bright red folding chair to the equally colorful polyester-covered tables, add the passing whiff of beef short ribs in a coconut milk and turmeric marinade, and suddenly you're in a back alley in Bangkok waiting for dinner. It's all good vibes and better food by Michelin-starred chef James Syhabout. The cocktails are fantastic, too.

680 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
+1-415-400-5699

 

35. Brown Sugar Kitchen

Brown Sugar Kitchen

Beignets, BBQ shrimp and grits, fried chicken and waffles slathered with brown sugar butter and apple cider syrup. It's breakfast that will put you to bed.

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2534 Mandela Pkwy.
Oakland, CA 94607
+1-510-839-7685 

36. Five

Five

Just outside the Gourmet Ghetto, hidden inside Hotel Shattuck, is a four-time Bib Gourmand Michelin award-winner. The cheddar buttermilk biscuits, the roasted duck breast, the craft cocktails — your stomach thanks you.

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2086 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
+1-510-225-6034


37. Zuni Café

Zuni Café

Go for the roast chicken (totally worth the wait and the $58), stay for the burger and the seasonal salads. Fresh oysters and fun cocktails making waiting at the bar a real pleasure.

1658 Market St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
+1-415-552-2522


38. Swan Oyster Depot

Swan Oyster Depot

One of those magical places that tourists love and locals still frequent. Squeeze onto one of the tiny bar stools and be prepared for a memorable seafood lunchtime feast. Everything on the menu is good, but when in doubt, strike up a conversation with the very nice Sancimino brothers and their staff for secret menu items like a smørrebrød or uni.

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1517 Polk St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
+1-415-673-1101


39. La Taqueria

La Taqueria

There are plenty of spots for Mission burritos and Mexicatessen pit stops, but this one tops the list. The staples are excellent and the servings are generous — don't forget to get your burrito dorado (grilled).

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2889 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
+1-415-285-7117


40. SPQR

SPQR

The dishes are hearty, the wine list is long, the scene is bustling but cozy. No surprises why the Michelin-star Italian spot continues to draw crowds. 

1911 Fillmore St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
+1-415-771-7779


41. Pizzaiolo

Pizzaiolo

Chez Panisse-alum Charlie Hallowell serves up some of the best wood-fired pizzas this side of the Bay. Get a pie to share so you can order more of the fantastic antipasti (think persimmon and pomegranate with shaved fennel and walnuts) and still have room for dessert.

5008 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA 94609
+1-510-652-4888


42. Chez Panisse

Chez Panisse

Alice Waters, the mother of farm-to-table movement, continues to draw crowds in her cozy yet sophisticated Berkeley spot. The prix-fixe menu changes weekly and is especially fun for adventureous eaters. For a more casual option and an equally impressive á la carte menu, opt for a seat at the cafe upstairs.

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1517 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94709
+1-510-548-5525


43. Gather

Gather

Everything you expect from a NorCal favorite; from the walls lined with jars of pickles to the scrumptious dishes heaped with the freshest local ingredients (many of which are meat-, dairy-, and gluten-free).

2200 Oxford St.
Berkeley, CA 94704
+1-510-809-0400


44. Tartine Manufactory

Tartine Manufactory

From the culinary geniuses behind the James Beard-award winning Tartine Bakery, their newest venture is an all-day restaurant, serving lunch and dinner in addition to their famously delectable pastries and freshly-baked breads. The space is refreshingly airy and in the middle of one of San Francisco's trendiest neighborhoods, so it's unsurprisingly popular —be sure to make a reservation. 


595 Alabama St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
+1-415-757-0007


45. Little Skillet

Little Skillet

Order at the window of this Southern grub-slinging hole-in-the-wall from the kind folks behind sustainable soul food spot Farmerbrown. Take your basket of fried chicken and flakey buscuits to a strip of curb in the sun.

360 Ritch St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
+1-415-777-2777


46. Bar Agricole

Bar Agricole

Midweek, drop in for oysters and something bubbly at the bar. Mid-weekend, book a table outside for brunch and pile it high with lemon curd-layered crepe cake and gravlax on rye, with fruit cup cocktails and four-barrel coffee on the side.

355 11th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
+1-415-355-9400


47. Mission Chinese Food

Mission Chinese Food

Make sure blood sugar levels are stable before your name goes on the list, because even when the wait is close to two hours, no snack comes close to being worth spoiling this Szechuan feast. One bite of ma po tofu and you won't even notice the greasy spoon decor.

2234 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
+1-415-863-2800


48. Flour + Water

Flour + Water

A seemingly simple concept gives way to seasonal salads, house-made pastas, and wood-fired pizzas likely to cause cravings at a much later date. A wine list of obscure Italian bottles is where the night gets rewardingly complex.

2401 Harrison St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
+1-415-826-7000

49. Beretta

Beretta

Carve out a spot at the communal table to comfortably consume heady cocktails and copious amounts of veg-heavy antipasti, rich risotto, and crispy pizzas. No reservations for parties under 6, but call ahead an hour before your preferred dining time, and they'll add your name to the list.

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1199 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
+1-415-695-1199


50. Cavallo Point Lodge

Cavallo Point Lodge

Set in the beautiful Marin Headlands park, near the Golden Gate Bridge, and the views are fantastic. Opt for a historic night in one of six former military officer residences. The Healing Arts Center & Spa offers outdoor fitness activities, chakra readings, soul balancing sessions, and other woo-woo treatments to remind you that you are in the hippie Califonia quadrant.

601 Murray Circle
Sausalito, CA 94965
+1-415-339-4700


51. St. Regis San Francisco

St. Regis San Francisco

It's at once a perfect business hotel — where everything in the room (outlets, decor) is designed to maximize convenience and comfort — and a fancy city hotel — with elegant lobby, restaurant, and common spaces, plus a terrific pool, gym, and spa.

125 3rd St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
+1-415-284-4000


52. The Epiphany

The Epiphany

A luxury spot befitting the high-flying VC crowds that often pass through Silicon Valley. Expect sleek rooms flooded with natural light, custom Smeg mini bars, the latest activity trackers and headphones (thanks to partnerships with emerging tech companies) for guests to play with. The hotel's restaurant Lure + Till is an excellent, standalone draw.

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180 Hamilton Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94301
+1-650-666-3311

53. Manka's Inverness Lodge

Manka's Inverness Lodge

A handful of artfully renovated cabins close to tons of hiking trails along the Point Reyes National Seashore. Start the day with homemade breakfast brought to your front door, take in the beautiful stone outdoor shower stocked with Kiehl's products, and cozy up at the end of the day by the in-room fireplace. 

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30 Callendar Way
Inverness, CA 94937
+1-415-669-1034

54. Tilden Hotel

Tilden Hotel

The lobby, with cherry wood walls and Spanish mission revival arches, makes for an airy backdrop to the bustling crowds waiting for dinner and drinks at The Douglas Room. Rooms are comfortable and modern with Malin + Goetz bath amenities. Look for custom artwork by local artist Jenny Kiker throughout the place.

345 Taylor St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
+1-415-673-2332


55. Hotel Vitale

Hotel Vitale

The subtle, zen-like hotel on the revitalized Embarcadero offers eye-popping waterfront rooms (be sure to request one), rooftop soaking tubs, and access to the YMCA a half-block away.

8 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
+1-415-278-3700

56. Phoenix

Phoenix

A rock-and-roll hotel crash pad that makes the itinerary for every indie band's Bay Area tour. Action is delivered poolside on the weekends. Centrally located for passing through town.

601 Eddy St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
+1-415-776-1380

57. Clift

Clift

The modern revamp of the deco hotel has all the Starkian trappings you've come to expect: decadent woods, lots of velvet, and quite the lobby scene.

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495 Geary St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
+1-415-775-4700

58. Good Hotel

Good Hotel

Stylishly streamlined for short stays in SoMa. A good home base when you know you won't be spending much time in the room but would like to be comfy when you do.

112 7th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
+1-415-621-7001


59. Inn at the Presidio

Inn at the Presidio

Picturesque and situated on protected parkland, the old-world guest lodge was once used as U.S. army officers' quarters. Rooms are charming, contemporary, and design-driven.

42 Moraga Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94129
+1-415-800-7356


60. Hotel Drisco

Hotel Drisco

A Pacific Heights charmer far above the downtown fray. Attentive service and well-appointed guest rooms settle weary travellers for the night; a classy continental breakfast spread (especially the fresh-baked currant scones with lemon curd and clotted cream) fortifies them for the day.

2901 Pacific Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94115
+1-415-346-2880

61. Reliquary

Reliquary

A stash of new, vintage, and antique goods with a worldly, tasteful, eclectic appeal. Artfully merchandised in a way that makes each gauzy dress and victorian jewel feel equally special.

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544 Hayes St.
San Francisco, 94102
+1-415-431-4000

62. Amoeba Records

Amoeba Records

Row after row of new, used, and rare vinyl await at what's considered one of the best independent music stores in the country. Carrying a torch for Haight-Ashbury's musical history, live shows attract good bands with new albums and a crowd.

1855 Haight St.
San Francisco, 94117
+1-415-831-1200